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Kingdoms of Myanmar & Ngapali Beach – 14 Days

Mrauk U, Central Myanmar
  • 01Shwedagon Pagoda
  • 01Bagan
  • 01Mrauk U
  • 01Inle Lake
  • 01U Bein Bridge
  • 01Ngapali
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Experience the most famous sights of Myanmar on this fully guided journey. Full of culture and interesting history, this tour will show you the best of Myanmar at close range. Lost Kingdoms of Myanmar are full of interesting stories and ancient sights to see. You will also get the chance to relax at the pristine beaches of Ngapali. Our professional guides will answer to all your questions and  make sure that you can enjoy every moment spent in this magical country.

Your trip starts from British administration constructed capital city, Yangon (Rangoon); where we visit the magnificent gold plate and gemstone decorated Shwedagon pagoda; take a stroll through quaint old quarter of Yangon enjoying sights and sounds of this bustling city.

Our journey continues northbound to rural Shan State and beautiful Inle Lake region inhabited by different minority peoples. By Inle we sample local vineyard harvest; visit markets, floating gardens and cultural highlights on the lake and vicinity.

From Shan State we continue our journey to Mandalay for exploring Ancient Royal Capitals of Myanmar (Burma) all situated near by Mandalay City. We visit; the last remaining palace building; centuries old teak wood monastery; the sacred Mahamuni Buddha’s temple; observe traditional gold leaf pounding, carving, tapestry and weaving in local workshops. We explore ruins of AVA kingdom by horse carriage and enjoy Ubein teak bridge known for spectacular sunsets.

From Mandalay we continue to Ancient Kingdom of Bagan, the greatest archaeological treasure of Myanmar with over 4000 pagodas and temple ruins located on the plains of Bagan by the great Ayeyarwaddy River (Irrawaddy). Bagan was during its heyday one of the greatest kingdoms in the World and is truly magical destination to visit.

From Bagan we fly to Rakhine coast and explore the mysteries of lost kingdoms of Mrauk U and relax and enjoy the un-spoilt paradise beaches of Ngapali.

If you are interested of getting insights of this magnificent country and its warm hearted people this tour is for you. We have planned a tour full of interesting sights and cultural high lights. Ngapali beach relaxation is a perfect ending for this tour full of wonders.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO YANGON [-/-/-]

Upon arrival to the Yangon airport, you will be welcomed by your Discovery DMC guide and transferred to your hotel. Our journey begins with an afternoon tour through the colonial-style city center of Yangon.

We visit the golden Sule Paya stupa – built over 2,000 years ago and the focal point of numerous historical events in the city – Chauk That Gyi pagoda to view its magnificent reclining Buddha, and Karaweik Hall to marvel at the uniquely decorated “hamsa-bird-shaped” floating barge on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake. We visit Bogyoke (Scotts) Market, where hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of color.

We complete the day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda, a gleaming bell dome structure that dominates the city’s skyline.

Legends state that the sacred hairs of the Buddha are enshrined here. The Shwedagon is an iconic symbol of the country, a sight not to be missed.

  • Meals included: –
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Yangon

Bagan

Bagan

DAY 2: YANGON – BAGAN [B/-/-]

After breakfast, we transfer to Yangon airport for a 1 hour flight to Nyaung U/ Bagan. Where we begin our journey into the Ancient Kingdoms of Bagan. The Dhmayazeka Zedi is our first visit, providing panoramic views of the temple studded plains of Bagan.

We continue to the gold gilded Swezigon Stupa, purported to contain a holy tooth relic of the Buddha. Not far from the stupa, the Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple is a sight to behold, housing Bagan’s best preserved mural paintings of the Buddha’s Jataka re-incarnations.

Next, we learn how Bagan’s famous lacquer ware crafts are produced in  Myingaba Village, and then visit Htilominlo Temple to learn how Burmese sand paintings are created. The day’s temple tour ends with a visit to the beautifully symmetric and majestic Ananda Temple with its four standing Buddha images that seem to gaze at the viewer with fixed serenity wherever the viewer stands.

For sunset, a Bullock or Horse cart ride around the temples offers unparalleled photo opportunities of one of the richest archaeological treasures in Southeast Asia as the sun dips behind the temple ruins (weather permitting).

Mandalay

Mandalay

DAY 3: MANDALAY CITY IMPRESSIONS [B/-/-]

Morning flight from Bagan to Mandalay 30min and 1hr drive to the city. We enjoy a morning stroll through the lively Zegyo Market in the heart of the city to experience more authentic local life of Mandalay. We continue to the Artisan Quarters, where some of the oldest craftsmanship is showcased dating back to last kingdom of Myanmar.

We observe the process of pounding gold leaf, detailing teakwood carvings and embroidering Myanmar tapestry. We also see how bronze and marble Buddha statues are carved, cast and molded.

Next, we proceed to the highlights of Mandalay: the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda, housing one of the most significant Buddha images in the country, covered in several tons of gold leaf and the crown prize in long past wars between competing Myanmar kingdoms; the Golden Palace Monastery, the only surviving Royal Palace building in Mandalay, offering a glimpse of the original style and architecture of the Myanmar royals; and lastly, the  Kuthodaw Pagoda, a compound housing Buddha’s teachings carved in the sacred Pali script on stone slabs and regarded as the world’s largest book in terms of surface area.

We end our day with sunset panoramic views over city skyline on  Mandalay Hill, the highest point of the city.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mandalay

Ubein Bridge Mandalay Myanmar

Ubein Bridge at sunrise, Mandalay, Myanmar.

DAY 4: ROYAL KINGDOMS AVA (INWA) – SAGAING – AMARAPURA & UBEIN BRIDGE [B/-/-]

After breakfast at the hotel, we embark on a journey to the Ancient Kingdoms of Myanmar near Mandalay. We transfer 15km to Ava (Inwa), the ancient capital of the Shan and Burmese Kingdoms for over four centuries. We cross over the Myint Nge River by ferry and explore the small roads of Ava by horse cart.

We visit the Bagaya Teak Monastery, over three hundred years old yet well preserved and still in used by local monks; the Nanmyin Watch Tower, the last standing structure of the Ava dynasty palace compound also known as the “Leaning Tower of Ava”; and the Maha Aungmye Bonzan building with its graceful curves and archways.

We continue to the Ancient Kingdom of Sagaing, located across the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River.

From the Sagaing Hills, we enjoy magnificent views overlooking the river and hill side covered with countless pagodas. We visit a monastery in Sagaing to learn about the life of Buddhist devotees and continue to well-known Silversmith Village near Sagaing.

We continue to another beautiful ancient capital city, Amarapura, famous for its weaving and textile industries. There, we visit a cottage industry workshop to learn how Myanmar longyis and traditional fabrics are constructed.

We continue to the Ubein Bridge, a simple yet strong teak structure that spans 1,2km over Taungtaman Lake. The bridge silhouetted by the setting sun is one of the most magical experiences in Myanmar and a photographer’s dream.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay:  Hotel of your choice in Mandalay

Inn Thar minority Inle Lake

Inn Thar minority leg rower at Inle Lake.

DAY 5: INLE LAKE & RED MOUNTAIN ESTATE VINEYARD  [B/-/-]

Enjoy breakfast and then transfer to the airport for the Flight to Heho, a quiet transit town with one of the few airport links in the beautiful hills of Shan State. Visit the bustling main Heho Market, the meeting point for different ethnic minority groups of the surrounding areas to trade handmade goods and locally grown produce (on market days only).

En route to Inle Lake, we stop at a Local Family Work Shop to learn how Shan umbrellas and paper are made by traditional methods using the fibers of the mulberry tree. Next, we take a 1-hour drive to Inle Lake that descends through the valley with views of the Shan mountains and rice paddy fields.

Near Inle Lake, visit the Red Mountain Estate to tour the lush vineyard situated on the side of a mountain, taste some of Myanmar’s premiere wines, and observe the different aging methods completed in their cellar cave.

After checking into your hotel, we embark on afternoon explorations of Inle Lake, populated with floating islands and gardens made from the naturally tangled roots of water hyacinth plants and reeds.

Delight in the picturesque sights of fishermen who balance and row with one leg, a technique indigenous to the Inn Thar minority group who do this only on Inle Lake.

Meals included:  Breakfast
Overnight stay: On shore of Inle Lake

Inle Lake Inn Thein

Inle Lake, Inn Thein.

DAY  6: INLE LAKE & INN THEIN [B/-/-]

After breakfast we journey out by boat, following the currents of a small river to reach the Inn Thein Pagoda Complex, a site that makes us feel as if we’ve stepped through a forgotten portal in time.

To access the complex, we walk through verdant bamboo groves that open up to a field covered with the ancient pagodas constructed over 1,000 years ago.

We boat back to the lake and visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the home of some of the country’s most sacred Buddha statues covered in gold leaf by devout followers. We also make a visit to the Inpawkhon weaving Village to learn how local silks, linens and lotus fabrics are handmade and crafted.

As an extra treat, we stop at a house for Burmese Cats built over the lake, where we see the preservation efforts and reintroduction of this rare pure breed of felines to Myanmar.

At Nampan Village, local craftsmen show us how Burmese cigars, or “cheroots,” are traditionally packed and rolled.

We end our day with magnificent sunset canoe ride with local boatmen who gracefully navigate and row perched on one leg.

  • Meals included: breakfast
  • Overnight stay: On shore of Inle Lake

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Inle Lake

The colorful and bustling morning market is one of the highlights of Inle Lake. Local ethnic minority groups come near and far to trade their goods, and this presents an opportunity to observe people in traditional costumes in an authentic market atmosphere.

The market rotates five days a week, each day making its base in a different village (though closed on national holidays). Market visits can be included in any tour program if the market location falls within proximity of our travel itinerary.

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Yangon

Colonial Heritage Yangon.

DAY 7: INLE LAKE – YANGON  [B/-/-]

The morning is free for sightseeing at the Lake. We can make arrangements for a leisurely stroll to neighboring villages to observe local village life. Alternatively, we can make arrangements for a visit to Nyaung Shwe town to explore the quaint town or shop for local handicrafts.

In the afternoon, we transfer to the Heho Airport for the next connecting flight to Yangon. Rest of the day is free for leisure in Yangon.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Yangon

Sittwe fish market

Sittwe fish market.

DAY 8: YANGON – SITTWE  [B/-/-]

Morning pick up from  your hotel in Yangon and transfer to Yangon domestic airport for flight to Sittwe. Afternoon arrival to to Sittwe, a former seaside capital of colonial Burma where the Rivers Kaledan and Lemro meet the grand Bay of Bengal.

After enjoying a late lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the following town highlights: the Cultural Museum, with an impressive wealth of cultural artifacts representing the Rakhine civilization that dates as far back as 3000 BC; the Buddhist Nunnery, a stately building hailing from by gone times; and the fascinating Local Fish Market, at times with thousands of fish on display from the deep Bay of Bengal.

We continue to mouth of the Keledan River where it kisses the Bay of Bengal, and stroll on the black sand beaches amidst a beautiful setting sun.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Sittwe

Mrauk U

Mrauk U

DAY 9: SITTWE – MRAUK U [B/L/-]

Early breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Sittwe jetty for the boat journey to Mrauk U. The 70 km cruise upstream the Kaledan River travels though farming region and small riverside communities. The travel time varies between 4-7 hours depending on boat size and river conditions.

Simple packed lunches are provided on the boat. On arrival to the Mrauk U Pier situated half a mile south of the town’s central market, we transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, we embark on a journey to the ruins of lost Arakan kingdom of Mrauk U, a seaport at the crossroads of ancient trading routes between the East and West.

Mrauk U has inherited a rich cultural legacy, particularly the 700 enchanting temple ruins scattered over misty hills. We visit the fortress-like Shite Thaung Temple, a solid structure with thick heavy walls housing some 84,000 Buddhas and reputed to be modelled after Indonesia’s Borobudur.

We continue to adjacent Andaw Thein Ordination Temple, which houses a stupa believed to contain the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha brought from Sri Lanka by the Burmese King Mindon.

Nearby on a hill is Htukkan Thein Fortress Temple, with only one entrance, three inner chambers and small windows designed to let the rays of the dawning sun shine directly onto the central Buddha statue in the main vault.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mrauk U

Mrauk U

Mrauk U.

DAY 10: MRAUK U – WETHALI [B/-/-]

After breakfast, we visit the central Mrauk U Market to see the typical Rakhine foods and products sold, then drive 30min/14km to the ruins of the Wethali. The Ancient City of Wethali (Vesali) was a thriving dynasty from the 4th to 9th centuries, though little more than overgrown bushes remain.

At the Great Wethali Payagyi, we admire the 17ft-high seated Buddha crafted from a single slab of sandstone, set amidst a panoramic view of quaint villages and farmland.

We return to Mrauk U for lunch and later in the afternoon, visit the serene Pharaouk Temple, built in late 1500s and with a solid stupa featuring 29 life-sized Buddha’s seated radially in its wall.

Continuing to Kothaung Temple, we visit the most colossal temple of Mrauk U, named for the 90,000 statues it originally housed.

If weather permits, we climb to the  Shwegudaung Paya, the highest pagoda of Mrauk U to enjoy the captivating views of temples winking under the setting sun.

  • Meals included:  Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Hotel of your choice in Mrauk U

Ngapali Beach

Ngapali Beach.

DAY 11: MRAUK U – SITTWE – NGAPALI BEACH [B/L/-]

Early breakfast at the hotel followed by a boat ride to Sittwe. If time permits, we visit en route Mro ethnic minority village, known for intricate designs of the Khami traditional dress hand woven by the local tapet backstrap loom. Lunch is served on board of the boat.

Upon arrival to Sittwe, we transfer to the airport for the afternoon flight to Thandwe (8km from Ngapali Beach). Upon arrival to Thandwe airport, you will be welcomed by your hotel transfer rep and transferred to your hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
  • Overnight stay: Beach resort of your choice in Ngapali

Ngapali North Beach

Ngapali North Beach.

DAYS 12-13: NGAPALI BEACH [B/-/-]

Breakfast at your hotel, Rest of the day is for enjoying pristine beaches of Ngapali, relaxing in the shade of palm trees by the sea. Active visitors can choose from visiting the colorful local market in Thandwe (Sandoway), biking along the coast to surrounding villages, or hiring a boat to go fishing or sailing against the coastal backdrop of the Rakhine hills.

  •  Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay: Beach resort of your choice in Ngapali

Yangon

Colonial heritage Yangon.

DAY 14: NGAPALI BEACH – YANGON – DEPARTURE [B/-/-]

Breakfast at your hotel. Free at leisure until transfer to Thandwe airport for your flight to Yangon. Discovery DMC guide will welcome you at Yangon domestic airport and transfer to your hotel in Yangon or for your connecting flight departing from new international airport.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Overnight stay:

Contact Discovery DMC reservations department for price quotation!

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR COSTING

  • Private tours and transfers with air conditioned vehicles as specified in our itinerary
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private transfers & tours with English speaking guides (language guides with supplement).
  • In Ngapali Beach all transfers are handled by hotels.
  • 2 bottles of water and 2 refreshing towels per person on full day excursions
  • Lodging with breakfast as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

  • Visa to Myanmar
  • International air fares or domestic air fares
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
  • Early check-in, late check-out, services and non-mentioned meals in the itinerary
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and other expenditure of personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips